(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India
Protest against Police
CITU, JMS and DYFI held a joint protest demonstration at the Samaypur
Police Station on the December 26 expressing their anger and demanding
immediate action against the lumpenism of police officers. They
immediate action against SHO Sanjeev Parmar, Additional SHO H R Malik
Constable Naveen. The gathering was addressed by JMS state secretary,
Farooqui, CITU state secretary, Mohan Lal and DYFI state secretary,
Chand, who warned that if disciplinary action was not taken against the
officers without delay, they would build an agitation against the
300 activists and local people gathered at the police station to lodge
protest. The demonstration was held in the wake of an outrageous and
incident that occurred on the December 23.
about 4 pm on December 23, some officers of the MCD along with the
Badli PS police force were demolishing road side shops and removing
vendors from the Mukarba Chowk. A CPI(M) team comprising of four people
Asha Sharma, Siddheshwar Shukla, Roopa and Vipin who were collecting
nearby, intervened in view of continuous announcements by the Delhi government
and the MCD that no street
vendors will be removed for the time being. A CITU delegation was also
by the Lt Governor of Delhi a week back
street vendors will not be removed from the roads of Delhi for the
time being. Upon enquiry, the
MCD officer could not produce any demolition orders, and the MCD-police
crowd of over 800 people also started dispersing and was reduced to
At this instance, a drunkard in the crowd started hurling abuses at the
Around 10-12 policemen started disproportionately beating up the
Siddheshwar Shukla, state committee member of the CPI(M) intervened on
humanitarian grounds, but the police in turn started beating him as
Additional SHO H R Malik deliberately
targeted and pushed Asha Sharma (state committee member and secretary
of North local
committee) down and along with his team of constables started beating
mercilessly. The two were dragged to the centre of the Chowk and beaten
severely. The other two members of the team, who are local committee
were also beaten up. It is outrageous that Asha Sharma was beaten up by
police in her private parts and was especially targeted by constable
has suffered injuries in her thighs, wherein her tissue has ruptured.
entire operation was undertaken at the orders of SHO Sanjeev Parmar,
supervised this action. The four members of the team were detained by
for several hours and their mobile phones were snatched away.
delegation comprising the CPI(M) Delhi
state secretary, CITU Delhi state general secretary, CITU president and
state office bearers immediately met the ACP North West the same
response was not only disappointing but smacked of complete arrogance
insensitivity in view of the obvious problems in the police version.
claimed that the team members got injured when they fell down in the
mayhem and confusion in the area, and not due to police action.
could not explain as to why no one else was detained from the crowd by
is one thing for political activists to receive injuries during general
charges and police action on protests. However, in a situation where no
charge is ordered, and four CPI(M) activists are singled out from a
beaten up severely, it is unacceptable. The fact that a woman leader
up by male policemen is also not only unacceptable, but merits
action. It is significant that all the
team members are well known in the area due to continuous actions
rise and for workers rights. On the 23rd they were on a
collection drive and did not have any organised mobilisation with them.
clear that the police utilised the opportunity to assault them and
humiliate them, without any provocation.
delegation led by Rajya Sabha MP and Polit Bureau member Brinda Karat
CPI(M) state secretary Pushpender Grewal met the Commissioner of
the next day on December 24. The delegation was assured that an enquiry
be instituted and action taken within a week.